The Capitol riot, who graduated from the Air Power Academy, wished to “take hostages,” the prosecutor tells Colorado Springs Information

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – A retired Air Force officer who was part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week was wearing plastic zippered handcuffs in an attempt to “take hostages,” a prosecutor told a court Thursday in Texas.

“He wants to take hostages. He wants to kidnap, detain, maybe try, maybe execute members of the US government, ”said US deputy attorney Jay Weimer about retired Lieutenant Colonel Larry Rendall Brock Jr., without giving any information.

The prosecutor had argued that Brock should be detained, but Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton said he would release Brock to detention center. Cureton ordered Brock to hand over all firearms and said he could only have limited internet access as a condition for this publication.


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“I have to put you on a very short rope,” said Cureton. “These are strange times for our country and the government’s concerns have not fallen on deaf ears.”

Brock, who graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in 1989, appeared in court wearing a light green jumpsuit, mask and hand and foot shackles.

Weimer did not go into any specific plan by Brock, but noted that “his previous experience and training make him all the more dangerous”.

He also read Brock’s social media posts in court, including one posted at the Capitol on the day of the riot that read, “Patriots on the Capitol. Storm patriots. Men with guns have to shoot themselves. “

Brock was arrested in Texas on Sunday after being photographed wearing helmets and heavy waistcoats and plastic handcuffs with zippers during the deadly Senate riot. The 53-year-old has been accused of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or site without legal authority, as well as violently entering the Capitol and behaving in disorder.

Brock’s attorney, Brook Antonio II, stated that Brock was only charged with wrongdoing. Antonio said there was no direct evidence that Brock broke doors or windows to get into the Capitol, or did anything violent once inside.

“It’s all talk. It’s all speculation and guesswork, “said Antonio, who noted Brock’s lengthy military service, including his post-9/11 reactivation and his four tours of Afghanistan.

Weimer said Brock will likely face additional costs.

More than 100 people were arrested at the Capitol during the riot. Charges range from curfew violations to serious federal crimes related to theft and gun possession.

The FBI is investigating whether some of the rioters planned to kidnap Congressmen and hold them hostage.

Prior to his arrest, Brock told New York Magazine that he found the zip ties on the floor and planned to give them to a police officer.

“I wish I hadn’t picked it up,” he said.

No evidence was presented that Brock had a gun on the day of the Capitol riot.

Antonio asked an FBI agent who testified if it was possible Brock had just picked up the cuffs, and the agent admitted it was a possibility.

Weimer read a resignation letter from Brock’s former employer, in which he said he had spoken in the workplace about killing people of a “certain religion and / or race”. Weimer also read social media posts in which Brock pointed to an impending civil war and the election of President Donald Trump.

Weimer said Brock’s posts also related to the far-right and anti-government oath-keepers and the three percent, a loose anti-government network that is part of the militia movement. The Oath Guards claim to have thousands of current and former law enforcement officers and military veterans as members.

However, the FBI agent testified that beyond the social media posts there was no evidence that Brock was involved in any of these groups.

Judges across the country, including some Trump nominees, have repeatedly dismissed cases that have questioned election results, and Attorney General William Barr said there was no evidence of widespread fraud.


Associate press writer Jamie Stengle contributed to this report from Dallas.

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